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  • The Persistence of Mother Nature

    The Persistence of Mother Nature

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    Every three to four seconds a robin has flown at my living room window. It doesn’t matter that the window remains unchanged. It doesn’t move. It doesn’t “fight back” and yet the robin persists. After an hour of what I came to think of as harassment (that’s roughly 180 thumps against my window) I couldn’t take it anymore. I opened the window and the robin looked at the window for a while and flew away. As I type this afternoon, the robin is back after I shut the window because of the cool breeze. It has resumed thumping the window every three seconds. The dog has once again retired to the other side of the room. It even annoys her.

    My point is that Mother Nature is very persistent. If a bird wants to nest in your chimney and you don’t have a chimney cap, then you better believe that bird will have a nest in the chimney before the sun goes down. If it is a chimney swift, which is protected, you can’t remove the nest but have to wait until the nest is abandoned. That’s a lot of chirping echoing around in your chimney.

    Raccoons? They love chimneys too! And so do their babies. And they aren’t exactly quiet either. And, yes, they use the “little animals room” right by your fireplace damper. Yep. The damper you open up in the fall. So call us at 847-918-7994 or click here to contact us about a chimney cap for your home.

    Posted by Karen Stickels Lamansky, author of Design Ideas for Fireplaces, published by Creative Homeowner Press.

    By Rob Lindemann

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